SNIA to push enterprise use of solid-state storage

Initiative aims to educate users, foster adoption of standards

John Webster, an analyst at Illuminata, agreed. "The concept of solid-state disks has been around for decades, and it hasn't really taken off yet," Webster said. Enterprise storage buyers are "a little bit skeptical at this point."

Enterprise buyers can understand the technical and performance benefits of the technology, but they are still thinking that they can get by without it. "It's the typical response," Webster said.

While educating users about the speed, reliability and energy-saving benefits of the technology, vendors need to be careful not to oversell it, Webster said.

"It's not a giant move forward," he said. "It's the creation of a higher-performance storage tier that is now reasonably priced. That's what it is. To call it anything different, I think, is overhyping it."

For users who need greater I/O performance, solid-state can be a great option, Webster said. "I think that there are cases in terms of database acceleration and acceleration of applications that want to push real-time or near-real-time information out to users, yes," he said. And in those cases, solid-state storage can be helpful. Looking at possible uses of solid-state storage, Webster said, "I think there are now some applications out on the horizon, specifically in areas where IT wants to push real-time information, such as financial trading. Financial traders would love to have as much information as they can in real-time for their trading."

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